Legal Adviser (Employment Lawyer) Ref. 2109

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£60,341 - £65,782

The Government Communications Headquarters is one of the UK’s Security and Intelligence Agencies.  We work closely with the UK’s other security and intelligence agencies, MI5 and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and our work protects the vital interests of the UK.  We provide information to support government policy making relating to national security and operations undertaken by the military and law enforcement, and we are at the heart of the fight against terrorism.

GCHQ are looking for an employment lawyer to join a small and agile team providing advice across a range of employment-related topics, including employment tribunal cases and other employment-related legal proceedings. GCHQ lawyers work very flexibly as a team and the post is likely to appeal to individuals who are happy to work as a self-starting team player in a dynamic environment; you’ll also work closely with employment lawyers based in other government departments.
The role will be based in Cheltenham but can comprise an element of home working.

The post-holder must be qualified to practice as a solicitor or barrister in England & Wales.

The essential requirements for the employment law role are:
•    Knowledge of and experience in employment law and employment-related litigation;
•    Excellent legal professional skills and powers of analysis and judgement;
•    Ability to prioritise effectively and work well under pressure;
•    Experience of explaining complex legal points in a readily accessible way and providing practical advice, quickly and concisely;
•    Strong inter-personal, presentational, communication skills.

Desirable for the role:
•    Knowledge and experience in general public law.

Competency Requirements:
•    Contribution to delivery
•    Analysis & decision making

You can familiarise yourself with the general competencies we use here. If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… why not just give it a go!

Benefits we offer
•    Access to learning and development tailored to your role
•    Working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
•    A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
•    A civil service pension
•    Annual leave allowance, based on full time working hours, is 25 days plus 10.5 public and privilege days which are set dates.

Training and Development
At GCHQ we’re proud that we offer an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the best of your abilities.

Total reward package of £60,341 - £65,782 (this is made up of basic salary + £2,771 Concessionary Payment)


Selection Process
To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements. You’ll find more details here.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

Be prepared to dedicate 60 minutes completing your application. We are conscious this might be more time that you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application any time and come back to it later. But please remember to submit your complete application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

•    Business Sift
•    Interview

Interviews will likely be held early September.

Further details of interview arrangements will be provided to those invited for interview.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.